The Guardian did a feature last Monday about recycling, looking at four councils with good recycling levels and seeing how they did it. One of them was Rochford:
Rochford district council
With England’s highest recycling rates Rochford’s head of environmental services, Richard Evans, ascribes its scheme’s success to simplicity. The biggest bin outside homes is for recycling – 240l compared with the 180l ‘residual bin’ – which has helped shift mindsets. The 140l garden and kitchen compost bin is collected weekly and the others fortnightly, encouraging anything which could get smelly to be composted. Keeping collection dates the same, even on bank holidays (except Christmas) helps keep it simple, Evans says. “In 2008, we were one of the lowest in Essex, at 29%, but as soon as we launched this scheme it was almost immediately 60%. Odd months we were going over 70%.” The council takes a ‘softly softly’ approach to contaminated recycling – persistent offenders may be asked to re-sort their waste. ”It’s in everyone’s interest to keep service costs low,” Evans says. Rochford starts using a new MBT plant at Basildon in November, which will see its landfill contribution fall further.
You can find the full article – with plenty of comments – here.
The District Council has a new initiative. For three months, when people put their litter in a bin in Rayleigh High Street they will be helping raise money for local charities…. The new campaign is a partnership between Rochford District Council and Keep Britain Tidy and is being supported by The Wrigley Company.
Each month, a different charity will be given up to £500 and the amount they receive will depend on the amount of litter in the bins. The charities that will benefit from the project are Wyvern Community Transport, The Mushroom Theatre Company and Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS).
Town Councillor Bruce Smart would like some feedback from residents regarding something that is coming up at a Rayleigh Town Council meeting next Monday.
The District Council is asking the Town Council about the feasibility having new recycling banks at the following locations:
John Fisher Community Hall, Little Wheatley Chase
Pope John Paul II Hall, London Road
Rayleigh Leisure Centre , Priory Chase
As a ward councillor for Downhall, Bruce is particularly asking about the Priory Chase proposal (and is concerned if there’s any way this could delay the adoption of the road even further) but comments about any of these locations would be welcome.
The materials collected would be one or a combination of the following:
Glass, cans, plastic bottles and food and drink cartons
The latest consultation from Essex County Council is on recycling centres- you can find it here.
Review of Essex County Council’s Recycling Centre Service
Essex County Council currently spends about £7m per year providing 21 Recycling Centres across the county for residents to dispose of their waste. Although some of these sites are modern, purpose built facilities many of the sites are old and small, starting life at a time when landfill was the only way we managed waste. However, the way in which waste is handled and these sites operate has changed in recent years, with an increasing need to separate many different materials. With this in mind a number of sites that we currently run may no longer be able to efficiently meet the needs of a modern Recycling Centre.
In addition to this, there have been many improvements to and an increase in the way that recyclable material is collected at the kerbside from households, which in turn, has resulted in fewer residents needing to take their recyclable material to the Recycling Centres. Due to the pressure from central government to make savings and to streamline services, Essex County Council is required to review and reshape the way services are delivered. With unprecedented savings of £235m required over the next 3 years all our services need to be looked at in order to deliver these more effectively and efficiently. The authority is keen to ensure that it continues to provide the best recycling services for its residents within available resource; however maintaining existing levels of service may not be achievable. The purpose of this survey is to collect information from residents that use our Recycling Centres.
We will then use the feedback to help us develop a Recycling Centre service strategy, ensuring we target our resources on those services that users deem most important.
As the district council website reports here Rochford has just been officially rated as the number one local authority in England for recycling.
That means we are the best out of 350 councils – with a 66.7 per cent recycling rate.
Credit should go to everyone concerned – the councillors who produced the original scheme (better than, say, Chelmsford’s), the staff who do the work everyday, and especially to the public for responding so well and making the effort to recycle.
The Recycling Centre in Castle Road, Rayleigh is grinding to a halt this morning. Because so many people have been going there this weekend nearly all the skips are full, so as at 11 am this morning they are using a dustcart parked inside to take most of the stuff . That’s making it harder for drivers to get out of there after they’ve unloaded their stuff….